New Landcare Group tackles local issues

Residents of Abermain, NSW came together to address the issues with flooding and degradation of Swamp Creek.

New Landcare Group tackles local issues

Residents of Abermain, NSW came together to address the issues with flooding and degradation of Swamp Creek.

Taking Action -

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The issue

Swamp Creek in Abermain and Weston, NSW is subject to periodic flooding which impacts directly on adjacent homes.  It also also overrun by weeds- environmental and noxious and is inaccessible to the local community.  Cessnock City Council had a Swamp Creek Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan completed in 2016/17 to find a solution.  Although it would not eliminate flood risk, data suggested that vegetation management would reduce flood impacts in these areas.  

Swamp Creek is an important wildlife corridor linking directly from an expansive area of remnant vegetation at Abermain with the Deep Creek corridor and into Werakata National Park.

 

The solution

Cessnock City Council held a meeting with the local residents to discuss the ongoing concerns with flooding and degradation of Swamp Creek running through Abermain and Weston.  Hunter Region Landcare Network was asked to be part of the meeting and discuss opportunities to work together with the community.

More than thirty local residents came to the meeting and expressed their interest in being part of the solution. Council was looking to apply for funding from NSW Environmental Trust for mechanical clearing of appropriate areas of Swamp Creek but needed the support of a local Landcare group to become stewards of the site.

The residents were keen to restore the Creek to what it had been in years past and be able to enjoy the native plants, birds and wildlife in this riparian zone.  

The impact

Hunter Region Landcare Network has facilitated the formation of a new Landcare Group named 'Abermain District Landcare' with support from Council.  This group of locals have been eager to get involved in improving their local environment, not only at Swamp Creek but in their local Park and bushland areas.  

Meetings and training in bush regeneration have been run by HRLN for members of the group to develop their skills.  Resources and funding for the group have been provided by HRLN through partnership agreement with Hunter Local Land Services.  The first community planting day with Abermain Public school is scheduled for June 2018. The group has plans to involve all of the community in education sessions and project working bees.

Two grants have been applied for, one by Council and one by the Landcare group to rehabilitate sections of Swamp Creek.

Key facts

  • One new Landcare Group formed
  • Community and council are working together
  • Over thirty local residents engaged
  • Two grants applied for

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